Norwich City have not learned their lessons from previous relegation
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Leaving The Emirates on Saturday I, like many who had made the trip, was feeling flat. Maybe we are all resigned to the fate that is likely to befall us, but I think it was more about the atmosphere at the ground.
However loud fans sing at The Emirates, the sound doesn’t ring around the stadium like it does at other grounds. Maybe that is why the Arsenal fans’ protests against the running of the club and Arsene Wenger was less effective than the yellow and green plastic bags that we were given to lift the atmosphere for the visit of Manchester City.
Overall it wasn’t a bad performance by Norwich. Nathan Redmond had a couple of good chances and I never felt that Arsenal would score. If it wasn’t for Wenger’s inspired substitution of bringing Welbeck on for Giroud, I did believe that we had a very good chance of bringing a point back to Norfolk.
The question that is constantly being asked however, is why we didn’t bring this level of performance to the games which we could have, on paper, easily won? Newcastle, Villa and Palace away, Sunderland and West Brom at home to name but a few.
There are so many factors that have led to where we are sitting in the league right now - not enough quality in the final third, not enough consistency throughout the season, silly defensive mistakes, a lack of investment in players during the summer, and – perhaps - a lot of naivety. We should have learned our lessons from the last time we were relegated, but it seems we have, yet again, made the same mistakes.
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I still am hoping for the best and my glass is still half full. Call me a silly optimist but if anything can be taken from Leicester winning the Premier League, it is that - in football - anything can happen.
If we believe strongly enough maybe, just maybe we can beat the odds and avoid relegation. It’s a lot to ask, but as I am writing this on May 4 I would like to quote Yoda, “The fear of loss is the path to the dark side”.
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With a rallying cry, I call to players and fans alike, let us believe that we can win these last three games and that survival is ours.
• Blog post written by Lorraine Taylor